ON THE ROAD AGAIN travel blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 1- fill with water

Step 2 - put in 2 sand bags and see if it...

Don't drop it !!!!

 

The Race

 


Before I get into our first week of work as being Park Attendants I want to tell you about the "Concrete Canoe Competition" that was held here at Cochiti Lake the day after we arrived.

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The Engineering Departments from several Universities from around the southwest were invited to complete a functional canoe made from concrete that would float. There were several from New Mexico as well as Colorado, Utah, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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They all did a fine job in the construction as well as their individual paint jobs. Some were fantastic. Like I said it wasn't about the fancy paint jobs but I'm sure that was included in the completion. In the one photo I show them filling their canoe with water and to see if it would still float. Then they would put a sand bag in the front and back and sink the canoe but the objective was to see if it would come back up to the top of the water with the sand bags in it. I think all but one did and the one that sank had a second chance in which they attached Styrofoam to the inside and then it accomplished the task although there was some penalization.

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In the one photo you can see what happens if you don't handle a concrete canoe carefully. Ooops.

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The weather was great, the sun was shining and all had a great time. There were several races, boys under control, then co-eds paddling away, and then just girls only racing for the finish line. For all of you that ever paddled a canoe you know that it's not a easy task and that both paddlers have to be on the same page in the book if you want to go in a straight path to the finish line. It was hilarious at times watching them go sideways and having their schools cheer them on to a straight path and hopefully victory. I tried to upload my first video on my journal but it didn't work. Maybe I'm doing something wrong ????

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Now on to our first week of work...it was a nightmare for sure. The computer system is not functioning properly for one thing but the most irritating problem is that the campers that paid throughout the winter using the drop box envelopes wasn't processed properly and we had double the problems trying to correct the mess. We're still working on it and it may take the other park attendants all of this week also to correct the problem. We had sometimes 12 campers entered into the same campsite at the same time. After all this is done we have to enter the new drop box envelopes that were stacking up since late March, over the bust Easter weekend here. We're still working on those too.

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Needless to say is that Judy is frazzled with this as well as many other things about our 6 month job here and we all know is that if she's not happy, I'm not happy. I'm sure that when we go back on duty next Monday it will go much smoother. I sure hope so.

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Tomorrow we get to spend some time with grandson Noah as he only has half day of school. He can go grocery shopping with us and we'll enjoy his company. He's such a bright little guy and a comedian at times too.

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I haven't had a chance to get the road grime off the Jeep or the F550 so I think that's on my to do list today and maybe wash our "home on wheels" tomorrow morning. I try to keep busy and it looks like I won't have a problem doing that this week.

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So I say Hello to all my family and friends reading my journal and I hope your "Life is Good".

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Happy Camping,

Bob, Judy and Our4dogs



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